Pocari Sweat solidifies middle, acquires ex-UST star De Leon
Former University of Sto. Tomas player Jessey De Leon will don the Pocari Sweat jersey in the 14th V-League.
Pocari Sweat is already looking like a superpower heading into the next season of the V-League.
Lady Warriors team manager Eric Ty announced that the squad tapped the services of former University of Sto. Tomas player Jessey De Leon to strengthen the team’s middle position.
The 22-year old De Leon, who last played for RC Cola-Army in the Philippine Superliga, is the latest acquisition of the squad gunning for a grand slam in the 14th season of the league that will open on March 2017.
V-League also reportedly changed its name and calendar where the season will start with the import-laden Reinforced Conference. The league in a statement to ABS-CBN Sports said that 'nothing is concrete yet' until their final meeting with sponsors and broadcast partner ABS-CBN S+A next month.
Pocari Sweat, which won the V-League Open Conference and Reinforced Conference in its debut season after transferring from PSL last summer, also added former Ateneo de Manila spiker Fille Cainglet-Cayetano while re-signing most of the Lady Warriors’ championship core highlighted by a multi-million 5-year deal with ace hitter Myla Pablo.
But while Pocari Sweat signed a strong lineup, the club has yet to confirm the return of skipper Michele Gumabao for another year with the team.
Gumabao in a report said that she’s still weighing down her options as other teams are expressing interest to get her services.
“Hindi pa kami nagkakausap ulit kasi baka nasa bakasyon pa. Pero siyempre gusto naming bumalik siya dahil siyempre team captain namin siya eh,” said Ty.
The former De La Salle star, who is also working as an assistant coach for the Adamson Lady Falcons, played for the franchise since 2014 while still in the PSL and carrying the name of Philips Gold.
Pocari Sweat will leave for their bonus vacation trip to Japan next month.
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